Katie T romps home at Leopardstown
Katie T put in a terrific performance to take the Boylesports Hurdle at Leopardstown for the unusual combination of top flat trainer Kevin Prendergast and British based jockey Brian Hughes. Katie T, a Grade 3 winner and third in the Mares Champion Hurdle last season, was sent off a general 12/1 shot for the valuable Handicap but made a mockery of those odds with an emphatic victory.
Hughes was happy to settle his mount in early behind a blistering pace being set by Forty Foot Tom and Lucky Bridle and had plenty in the tank turning for home. The 6yo cruised into contention on the run in, joining new leader Modem before the last before going to the front.
She was a little slow at the final flight and this allowed Modem to renew her challenge but Katie T found more and, despite tightening up her rival against the rail, came home a 3 length winner. Top weight Ted Veale stayed on stoutly for third, with Cheltenham Festival winner Savello back in fourth.
Having survived a brief inquiry, winning trainer Prendergast said: “She travelled very well and did everything right. What more can I say? She did it well.
“Hopefully she’ll be a bit better on better ground, but as for today she was good.
“We’ll try and find something at Punchestown and Galway, some of the big meetings. Handicaps might be harder won after today.
“I think we’ll stay at home for Punchestown. It’s probably a better option as she might not be that great a traveller.
“Brian was apprentice to me, for his sins! He’s a very very high-class rider and it’s a surprise some of the bigger stables in England don’t use him.”
Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
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